Heart of Darkness

  • by Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by Michael M. Thompson
  • 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Going up that river was like traveling back to the earliest beginnings of the world, when vegetation rioted on the earth and the big trees were kings....And this stillness of life did not in the least resemble a peace. It was the stillness of an implacable force brooding over an inscrutable intention. It looked at you with a vengeful aspect." The place is the Belgian Congo, "darkest Africa" of the late 19th century. The narrator, Marlow, describes his experiences running a river steamer for the Company and the cruel colonial exploitation that was practiced. Marlow goes into the jungle in search of the mysterious and powerful white trader Kurtz, hoping to find answers and explanations in that shadowy figure's character for the evil surrounding him.Film director Francis Ford Coppola based his Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now on this classic story.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Michael Thompson's performance of this 1902 classic demonstrates subtlety and power. His voice is sonorous and his inflections are convincing. Thompson's narration captures the brooding nature of Conrad's protagonist. We follow Marlow up the Congo River as he discovers the nuances of the trading business, and the mystery of Kurtz, a legendary Ivory trader who he meets far up the river. The inhabitants of the region show a godlike reverence towards Kurtz, and Marlow must decide whether he feels respect, horror, or pity for the man and the imperialistic machine that drives him. Heart of Darkness is Joseph Conrad's masterpiece. It exposes infernal truths about the human existence.

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I know this is supposed to be a classic but it just never got off the ground. I really only bought it because some fellow students said it was a great book and I should definitely read it. They must have read it for a class that had a really good teacher. Just about the time I thought it was about to finally get started and things were going to pick up, it was over!. I really don't get it. I never got Apocalypse Now either. Except for Robert Duvall. I will absolutely be willing to listen to anyone willing to point out what I missed. But after the first pass I would have to say skip it.
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- Cecil "I am a fan of both fiction and non-fiction with a recent bias toward fiction, possibly due to my history background. ]"

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on the third time that I downloaded this book it finally came in so that I could understand it. If you are getting this because of "Apocalyspe Now" don't bother. interesting but not great.
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- Terry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books